You feel sad. You think, “I am sad,” which is an accurate assessment of the situation you are in. Or is it? You are happy. You think, “I am happy.” Right? What if both of these statements are wrong. How often do we allow what we feel to dictate how we perceive the situation? Maybe a better question is, how often do elite athletes, star performers, concert soloists, or Navy seals allow what they feel to dictate how they perceive the situation? Often times we can lose out on growth opportunities when we only listen to our emotions. Having a healthy mindset regarding what you experience in life can go a long way in growing as an individual and this can also be directly applied to sports. Continue reading What’s Your Mindset?
Emotions can play a big part in our ability to perform. Many times they can assist in pushing a person to victory and at other times they may be the reason why we lose. Properly handling emotions can be difficult both after a loss as well as a win if we are left feeling emotionally drained. A couple of examples of this would be during the World Cup when Brazil talked about how difficult it was for them to play the Dutch after the horrific loss to Germany. The other would be when Derek Jeter asked for the first time to sit out a game against the rival Boston Red Sox after he had the game winning hit in his last appearance at Yankee Stadium. The roller coaster ride that emotions give can happen in esports as well, and in watching the final TSM vs SK Gaming match in Group B of Worlds this year I wondered if it was an example of this phenomenon. Continue reading Emotions and TSM
Athletes strive to be the best. Whether that means beating others in competition or besting themselves, they are constantly training to achieve victory. At the end of the day, however, one athlete or one team is the ultimate victor. Coaches and other athletes examine the training methods used by the winners to determine what the best way to train is if they want the same result. Yet despite copying the same physical training methods as the best, a difference in performance during competition would sometimes remain. That is when the sporting world began to examine the mental strengths that make a champion and to create drills and techniques for improving mental toughness.
The idea behind progessive relaxation (PR) exercises is to eventually be able to automatically release tension from the muscles. A relaxed body then leads to a relaxed mind. When doing PR it is helpful to have good breathing technique and to incorporate stretching or physical activity of some sort, such as walking or yoga.